The Managing Director of the Edo State Rapid Response Agency, Mr.
Mujaidu Dako has blamed the organization’s inability to fix the many bad roads in the state capital and other parts of the state on the paucity
of funds and obsolete roads rehabilitation equipment.
Addressing newsmen in Benin City, he said most of the equipments being
used by the agency were over five half decades old and were
inherited from the Ministry of works of the defunct Western region.
Dako was distraught by public outcry over the dilapidated roads in the
Government Reservation Area, Benin City, including the ones leading to
the Governor’s Office and the deputy governor’s official residence.
He said, “For us to be effective as an interventionist agency in the
road sector, we need reliable and modern equipments to work with aside
the problem of funding”.
He expressed hope that the situation will soon be reversed soon as
monies was recently approved by the State House of Assembly for
the agency to purchase Earth moving equipments, out of which
some millions has so far been released.
Dako noted that plans have also been concluded to rehabilitate more
roads in the state capital in the first quarter of 2014, adding that,
“It is our hope that these roads that have been listed for
rehabilitation would be completed before the year runs out”.
Asked why rehabilitation of roads were limited to the state capital,
Dako said, “It is our wish to spread this intervention to all part of
the state but for paucity of fund, our scope is restricted to the
capital city for now.”
“We are poised to ensuring that the people and commuters have good
roads to ply and also ease traffic flow in the city…we are just not
limiting ourselves to these roads. We want to take advantage of the
dry season; plans have also been concluded to do more when the rains stop.”
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